Around the Towns

'Mini' book sale continues at Moore library

NEWFANE - The Friends of the Moore Free Library will hold their fourth “mini” book sale on the lawn of the library on 23 West St., on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The theme of this sale will be “Anything Goes.” (“Something for everyone!” event organizers write.)

Moore Free Library tote bags will be on sale for $15, or $20 stuffed with books.

No donations of books will be accepted.

The final sale of the season will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9 (Newfane Heritage Festival weekend).

For more information, contact Julie Lavorgna at [email protected] or 802-365-7278.

Compost workshop presented in Halifax

HALIFAX - On Saturday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Windham Solid Waste Management District will provide a winter composting workshop, with topics that include:

• tips for composting food scraps and discouraging wildlife from your compost;

• autumn preparation for winter composting;

• pros and cons of different compost systems (bins, tumblers, and piles);

• where to put your compost area;

• tools, insulation, and other tips;

• winter care of compost;

• indoor composting;

• other options to keep food scraps out of the landfill.

The workshop includes a demonstration of compost tumblers, bins, and tools. This free event, co-sponsored by the Conservation Commission, will be outside of the Community Hall, located at 20 Brook Rd. in West Halifax.

If rain seems likely, check the Commission's Facebook page for updates. The rain date is Saturday, Sept. 25.

For more information on the District's Project COW (Compost Organic Waste) program, visit

WRCP celebrates new Pizza Pavilion

WEST TOWNSHEND - The West River Community Project (WRCP) celebrates the raising of a brand new Pizza Pavilion with live music, local food, vendors, and activities for all ages on Sunday, Sept. 19, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

The event takes place at WRCP's headquarters at the junction of Route 30 and Windham Hill Road.

Organizers report that for two years, “countless community members have donated their time and money to helping make this structure a reality.”

WRCP will offer local beef and veggie burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and berry cobbler by donation. Masks are encouraged, but not required outside for those who are vaccinated.

More information is available at

Putney monthly free produce available Sept. 23

PUTNEY - The Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf will co-sponsor the next monthly drop of free produce and some nonperishables on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. (new time), at Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way (the white building across from the Putney Food Co-op and the fire station).

This food distribution takes place on the fourth Thursday of every month. All are welcome.

Because of COVID-19, those who need food will receive bags of food from volunteers after driving up.

Manitou hosts fall equinox concert

WILLIAMSVILLE - The Manitou Project's woods concert tradition returns with an honoring of the fall equinox on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Multi-instrumentalist and award-winning composer/performer Derrik Jordan joins tabla and handpan virtuoso Jed Blume in a “captivating blend of melodious, percussive sound uniquely well suited to the woodland setting,” as described in a news release.

Drawing from traditions that span the world - African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Brazilian - Jordan's work complements Blume's world-fusion style, with roots in Indian raga and other traditions.

“The healing power of the music in this sacred forest theater amidst tall pines will stay with you well into the changing season,” the organizers continue.

The concert is by donation, with proceeds supporting the artists, their work, and Manitou's Community with Nature program.

For more information, visit or call 802-258-8598.

Guilford hosts community harvest swap, seed-saving workshop

GUILFORD - Those interested in all things local, homegrown, homemade, and hand-crafted are welcome at the Community Harvest Swap on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Guilford Fairgrounds, 163 Fairground Rd.

Trade your extra fruits and vegetables, herbs, preserves, and baked goods and crafts with your neighbors, and leave with plenty of new and exciting things to try and enjoy.

Following the swap, Toni Kessler from West River Seeds will lead a fall seed-saving workshop, demonstrating threshing and winnowing of dry vegetable, herb, and flower seeds and processing seeds from tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, and other fruits.

This is a free event, but donations are welcome to support the work of Neighborhood Roots Food Collective, a nonprofit working to strengthen the local food system and improve access to healthy, locally-grown food. Register by Saturday, Sept. 25 at

Book and bake sale, silent auction benefits Pratt library

WEST DUMMERSTON - Lydia Taft Pratt Library, in the Dummerston Community Center on West Street, will hold its Book Sale/Bake Sale/Silent Auction on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The library is accepting book donations during open hours - Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you would like to bake something for the bake sale, or help to set up or break down the book sale, contact the library at 802-258-9878 or [email protected].

Swap Shop returns to WSWMD

BRATTLEBORO - The Swap Shop at the Windham Solid Waste Management District transfer site on Old Ferry Road is back on Saturday mornings, but with a different schedule.

Shopping days at the Swap Shop are first and third Saturdays of the month. Donation days take place on the second and fourth Saturdays. The shop will be closed on any fifth Saturday.

Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Large donation loads may not be accepted after 11:30 a.m. All items are free.

The traffic flow has also changed. Go past the main gate to the next entrance on the right, follow the signs to the Swap building, and exit through the main gate.

On shopping days, enter through the back gate, park in the usual parking area, and shop and exit through the main gate.

During donation days, enter through the back gate, get in line, and wait in your car at the stop sign. A volunteer will direct you to check in your donation. You will then exit through the main gate.

Swap program information is available at or [email protected].

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